Willem Dafoe has become the latest big name to join the cast of Guillermo Del Toro’s new film Nightmare Alley.
With the likes of Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett already confirmed, Collider reports that Dafoe will join the ever-expanding cast and take up the role of the head barker at a traveling carnival.
Dafoe, fresh from a dazzling performance in Robert Eggers’ arthouse film The Lighthouse, has been in prolific form recently and can be seen in Edward Norton’s new project Motherless Brooklyn and Dee Rees’ thriller The Last Thing He Wanted.
Nightmare Alley, however, is the feature film which has cinephiles quietly murmuring and speculating on which direction Del Toro will take his adaptation. Having co-wrote the script alongside Kim Morgan, Del Toro is directing the project through Fox Searchlight with production scheduled to take place later next year.
The film is an adaptation of the 1946 novel by William Lindsay, a story which first became a big screen hit a year later in 1947 with the film noir creation starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell. The film tells the tale of a “corrupt con-man teams up with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money.”
“Guillermo is a true auteur,” Toni Collette previously said in a statement. “I look forward to collaborating with him and the amazing cast he has already assembled. What an honour.”
See the trailer for the original, below.